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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Apr 25, 2008 8:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: donna just scared the shi* out of me

some history of donna.
Note: Donna Jean Godchaux also appears on numerous albums under her maiden
name, Donna Jean Thatcher. Before joining up the Dead, she was a backup
singer at the famed Muscle Shoals studios in Alabama. Donna sings on Percy
Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman". She also appears on Elvis Presley's "In
The Ghetto", "Suspicious Minds", "Cold Kentucky Rain", and "Long Black
Limousine" (along with members of the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd
as backup musicians). She was deleted from the final mix of the Rolling
Stones' "Gimme Shelter" (from "Let It Bleed") because it was felt that she
took the spotlight away from Mick Jagger's singing. Donna also sings backup
on Lowell George's band Little Feat song "Dixie Chicken" and on Gary
Rossington's band Lynyrd Skynyrd song "Sweet Home Alabama".

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 25, 2008 11:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: donna just scared the shi* out of me

TB, heard a recent interview with her on the UCSC student station (their show Dead Serious was mentioned during the recent archival move) and she spoke about how she was the one that went to the hospital in 'Bama to show Percy the Billboard chart when the single rose up the charts - as Flo and Eddie might say "#1 with a bullet"!.

She also commented about how she couldn't stand to a listen to a lot of shows with the boys featuring her as it was so incredibly hard for her to hear herself with the wall of sound and that she, in her words, "shrieked". And then she laughed. She also said Jerry was the kindest, most intuitively intelligent, charismatic person she'd ever known.